France - Unions to mobilise over pay on 31 May - May 19, 2011

Eight public sector federations are planning mobilisations across the country on 31 May that will include strikes and demonstrations. The unions are calling for a public-sector wide increase in pay. The government has frozen pay and has said there will be no general pay rise for another two years. At the same time it claims that other changes in pay mean that many individual public sector workers will see their pay increase. The unions challenge this saying that even with these changes in pay, workers overall are still losing out in terms of purchasing power and have seen their take-home pay hit by increases in social contributions (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 February 2011).


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This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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